- In a tragic incident, a postal distribution center in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, was struck by two missiles on Saturday, resulting in the loss of six postal workers’ lives. This heartbreaking news was reported by regional prosecutors, as relayed by Ukraine’s public broadcaster.
- Additionally, in the town of Nikopol, which is under Ukrainian control, a man lost his life due to shelling by Russian forces from their position near Ukraine’s largest nuclear plant. Governor Serhiy Lysak confirmed this unfortunate event on Saturday, and he mentioned that emergency services in Nikopol are actively working to assess the extent of the damage caused.
- On Friday, Russia unleashed a barrage of artillery shells into areas under Ukrainian control in the southern Kherson region. Governor Oleksandr Prokudin reported that these attacks targeted residential areas of the region’s settlements, leading to one fatality and one person sustaining injuries due to Russian aggression.
- Tragically, a 60-year-old man lost his life on Friday evening when a Russian missile struck an industrial facility in Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. This information was conveyed through Telegram posts by Mayor Oleksandr Vilkul. The man’s wife was also seriously wounded by shrapnel, as confirmed by Vilkul.
- Moreover, Ukraine’s Air Force revealed that its air defense systems successfully intercepted and destroyed six attack drones and one cruise missile launched by Russia out of a total of nine launched during the overnight hours in Ukraine.
- A Russian court is set to make a decision on Monday regarding the pre-trial detention of Alsu Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist employed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Kurmasheva has been in temporary detention since her arrest on Wednesday. The Russian authorities allege that she did not comply with registration requirements as a “foreign agent” when she traveled to the country in May, citing a family emergency as her reason for the visit.
- Following a conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy confirmed on Saturday that Turkey will be part of the discussions aimed at resolving the Ukraine conflict. Zelenskyy announced on Telegram that Turkey will join the upcoming round of negotiations on the Peace Formula, scheduled to be held in Malta. He emphasized that Turkey’s participation will bring its influential perspective and position to the peace talks. Malta, after hosting similar meetings in Jeddah and Copenhagen earlier this year, announced it would facilitate these peace talks on October 28-29.
- The Russian Federation’s upper house of parliament is slated to deliberate on a bill for withdrawing from the nuclear test ban treaty on Wednesday. Subsequently, the bill will be submitted to Russian President Vladimir Putin for his signature. Notably, this bill received unanimous approval in Russia’s lower house, the Duma, with 415 votes in favor and none against.
- In response to these developments, Ukraine has called upon the international community to address what it characterizes as Moscow’s “provocations” in the realm of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.